2018 PDC Summit

2028 - Sterile Processing Department Design and HVAC Considerations

Mar 28, 2018 9:40am ‐ Mar 28, 2018 10:40am

Credits: None available.

Standard: $30.00
Members: $15.00


The requirements for sterile processing facilities were significantly revised in the Facility Guidelines Institute’s 2018 Guidelines. The new hospital and outpatient facility documents provide expanded guidance for designing these areas in a manner that supports and encourages compliance with guidelines for cleaning, decontaminating, and sterilizing surgical instruments. The session will cover when a two-room sterile processing facility is required and when a single-room sterile processing facility is acceptable as well as ventilation requirements to support a dirty-to-clean workflow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the perspectives of infection preventionists on what architects and engineers need to know to provide the safest, most efficient environment for sterile processing.
  • Describe the extent to which each profession’s perspective is addressed in AORN’s Recommended Practices for a Safe Environment of Care Part 2 and FGI’s Guidelines.
  • Describe the design engineer’s perspectives as they approach initial planning for sterile processing environments in hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities.
  • Explain the latest ventilation requirements for sterile processing and the Joint HVAC Task Force’s recommendations on compliance.


  • Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, CEO, Facility Guidelines Institute
  • Paula Wright, RN, BSN, CIC, Director, Infection Control Unit, Massachasetts General Hospital


Credits: None available.

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